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post #6496 of 29490

Regarding ESW9 vs. DT1350, did I post in the proper forum?  I reposted in the portables advice thread because I was unsure.


Edited by brumma - 8/22/11 at 5:43am
post #6497 of 29490

Do AKG's semi-open headphones leak sound much, or rather, how is their noise isolation?

 

I like the openness of sound from my HD238's but I dislike the lack of noise isolation offered from closed headphones. If there's a closed headphone that can lie flat and offers a large-ish soundstage, I might consider that.

post #6498 of 29490

Why doesn't this have a sticky?  D:



Hey guys, I'm new here.  Today was my first visit to this board, because I wanted to look into some good budget headphones that I wouldn't feel bad about taking to school with me and using with my laptop.

I'm currently using Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones.  They run $300.

 

Before you give me "that look," the Bose set were a Christmas gift.  From my dad.  Warm and fuzzy feelings are associated with them, so don't hate. tongue_smile.gif

With that said, I've been phenomenally happy with them anyway.  However, in just the hour I've spent on this board, I see Bose taking a lot of flak from the audiophiles in the room (meaning everyone).

So, I'd really like to know: why?  What makes my headphones inferior?  How would they compare to the Audio-Technica M50's I hear so much about, for instance?  (So far, they're the ones I'm looking at as my "go out" headphones.)

Like I said, I've been very happy with my headphones.  I don't recall the brand name of the headphones I used previously, but they were probably (very) old-school audiophile-favorite headphones themselves.  When I switched, I was switching from 8-10 year old headphones to my new Bose headphones, and I certainly noticed a change.  In all honesty, I might have called it a (VERY SLIGHT) downgrade from my old headphones, but one of the phones didn't work on that set anymore and I needed the replacement.

I'm a music junkie.  I'm sure it matters, so I'll tell you, I listen to a lot of melodic metal, mostly from Europe and specifically a lot from Finland.  Sonata Arctica, Nightwish, Blind Guardian, and others that I can't remember off-hand.  I spend most of my time on the computer logged into Pandora (inb4 more of "that look").  I'm also a pretty serious gamer, but I don't feel the need for 5.1 or 7.1 Logitech/Razer headsets because A) I don't need the microphone and B) I don't generally play first-person shooters, so the surround doesn't affect me.

My primary concern is music quality.

So, all in all, I love my headphones to death, and I've had them for nearly two years now without even the slightest issue.  But what is your take?

TL;DR--tell me why I should get Audio-Technica M50's.  Or should I?

 

The price range I'm looking at is $150-200, but I'm open to slightly higher or lower.  Also, where is the best place to buy/order them from?

 

Thanks!

-Chris

 

PS: I posted this in a separate thread because I lost track of this one.  Any moderator is free to delete the standalone thread.


Edited by Throdd - 8/22/11 at 12:50am
post #6499 of 29490

Yeah,I was looking at the Denon AH-D1100 and D2000 as well. I wanted to get the D2000 but I thought that might be too big of a jump from the XB300s. So I want to get something a little bit cheaper.

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I can't call the bass on the XZ700 recessed. Looks like you want a decent amount of bass.. If you looking for powerful bass and sounds clean and will play nice on all your musical sources.. Take a read on this. http://www.head-fi.org/t/567012/the-portable-bass-kings-the-pioneer-hdj500-vs-akg-518-le-vs-the-first-look-at-the-new-at-ws55-solid-bass/15#post_7699029   The WS55 is awesome for being portable... I can certainly be willing to bet they will be a nice upgrade to your XB300s..



Portability is not really an issue for me cuz I will be using them at home most of the time. I think I'll just get the Denon D1100 or the D2000.

Cuz Sony don't have the right headphones for me :P

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hello a friend of me search a closed headphone to use at home . and he has a xonar stx as soundcard .

he like to listen a bit of everything but he listen most to hip-hop , dubstep , rock . and a bit of elton john, phil collins etc ...

what we be a good headphone under the 300 euro ?

good cans for this

beyerdynamic dt 770 pro

ultrasone 580/dj1

audio technica 5Om

sennheiser hd-25- 2

 

?????

thanx a lot !


Edited by ramzes235 - 8/22/11 at 6:35am
post #6502 of 29490

Hey everyone

 

newbie here and really dont fully understand headphones yet, Im planning to buy a laptop that has THX 7.1 sound card in it, and being a gamer thru and thru, wanted to ask if anyone can suggest good gaming headsets (not headphones)

 

Planning on using them mostly for Battlefield 3, other FPSes and RPGs,

 

Music is secondary btw, but that doesnt mean music should sound **** on the headsets,

 

Any suggestion on what to get

 

Budget is around $60-$110

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I owned the TMA-1 till i lost them on the train on my daily commute.

1. They are very efficient. THese babies are LOUD even directly out af an mp3 player/phone.

2 They have a unique frequency response where tha highs are attenuated to allow for louder playback without destroying your ears. Beware of this fact as even eq'ing doesnt completely solve this if you want  more neutral presentation.

3 THe bass is awesome. Some of the best bass out of a headphpone.

4 They are limited. While they are good headphones that have lots of detail and an awesome low end, they are also clearly best suited for techno music.

 

Gorgeus and almost perfectly designed headphones though.

 


So should I stick with my AKG K240 MKII's then? seems like they're probably a bit more versatile.

 

post #6504 of 29490

hey everyone, another newbie here, i am looking at some headphones for computer gaming use, along with minimal use for movies & music through my computer.

 

I am looking at the  HD598 &  DT990s based on researching over the last few weeks, and have read up on mad envy's thread here on the forums recently. can anyone suggest which would be ideal for gaming?  for the DT990's which version should i get , 32 OHM or 250 OHM?  while i enjoy bass, i am not sure if the DT990 would be to much for online gaming where voice chat is common or would drown out the other sounds due to heavy bass.

 

I am leaning towards picking up a Xonar  card as well, and wondering if it would provide enough juice to run the headphones, or if i should plan on getting an  amp along with a xonar card? Its looking like i will probably pick up the xonar STX & headphone, but i am still unsure if going another route is preferable for online gaming, with  a dac/amp setup connected to the headphones?

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Hi, i'm sure the 2 pair of headphones i will mention are already been frequently asked in this forum, but i'm not planning to overview 434 pages :p I hope someone wants to make my decision easier...

 

I'm using the Cowon J3 MP3-player. And I used to listen to the device with the Beats Pro. But as i read through this website, I learned that there are far better choices. Great sound quality is my only demand.

 

I'm argueing with myself what the best combination is with the J3: Audio Technica ATH-M50 or Denon AH-D2000. I know those headphones are at a different price level, but I just want the best ones for my device (in words of sound quality). And price is not an issue. It is important that they are isolated (both inside to outside and vice versa). I like good bass. The music has to give a warm feeling (especially voices cause the Beats was a pain in the ass). Low impedance is also important because i'm not planning to buy an amp (but both have low so that's not a problem either). Other suggestions for the Cowon J3 are also welcome!


Edited by Mchielll - 8/22/11 at 8:19am
post #6506 of 29490

If you're considering the M50, then you might want to look at the superlux series as well. There's a review of them

somewhere on the boards, and they're said to be on par in terms of sound quality. Build quality wise, the M50 felt

really solid the last time I auditioned them but the sound quality felt too boring, imo.

 

I preferred the Sr80i to M50 since the Sr80i made the music more catchy and, well, I can't really describe it, but 

you might want to look the Sr60i/SR80i as well. They're described as being perfect for rock/metal and should be

very good phones for you unless you're a basshead. 

 

Downside of the Grados is that, imo, they're a little uncomfortable for long use, but I found that the M50s were

just as comfortable as well. The Grados are also open backed, so they don't isolate much and they leak quite a

fair bit. I'm getting the SR60is myself, soon. Needa wait after the exams, gotta concentrate on revision first...

 

So yea. 

 

Instead of posting the bands or type of songs you listen to, you should say what aspect of the song you love.

The rhythm, the percussions, the vocals, etc. And please direct any further questions to the frequent contributors

of this thread, as they have much more experience with headphones than I do. 

 

have a nice day 

 

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Hey everyone,


I need some urgent feedback and help on choosing between 5 monitoring headphones, and since the local vendors don't actually have these models, I'm having it shipped and so I can't try any of them till I actually buy them.  I HAVE done quite a bit of research, and I have narrowed it down to these 4 - 5 models.

The Sennheiser HD 280'sHD 380's, the AKG K 240 MK II's, the AKG K 141 MK II's, & the AKG K 121's.

 

The headphones monitors will be used for HOME production of electronic dance music (trance) and will barely be used for personal audio or DJ'ing.  I have a few criteria/conditions which might help you guys narrow my search down:

 

- I need headphone monitors that are worth their money without need of amplification/volume attenuation.

- I don't know whether the headphones I need for the mentioned purpose should be closed, open, or semi-open.

- The headphones WILL be used occasionally for long production sessions of up to 6 hours at a time, so comfort is important but not as important as the other conditions.

- I need the headphones with the FLATTEST frequency response (across the spectrum), so that what I hear is what it actually sounds like and what it would most likely sound like if played on club speakers.

 

All I have to go on is your feedback guys.  Kindly keep your responses specific to the models I just mentioned, unless there is a better monitoring headphone I am missing out that is either AKG or Sennheiser (I narrowed it down to those 2 brands for sure) that is below $145ish (that's my budget).

Some notes from various reviews I read:

HD 380's: Have a good "audio/sound stage" but produce some kind of hissing sound...and need a volume attenuator and/or a headphone amp to take care of that problem...can anyone verify that? I'm on a limited budget, so if I buy the 380's I won't have any/enough cash left to buy any extra stuff like the amp or the attenuator.  Also, closed headphones, so some sound stage is lost? But better than the HD 280's?

K 240's: Semi-closed so there is some leakage involved, and so you don't hear everything you're supposed to. Also read that they tend to give a boosted bass response, which tends to muffle some of the mids.

K 141's & K 121's: Aren't as comfortable as the 240's and response isn't as flat and sound stage isn't as wide as the 240's.

 

I know about the AKG K 271's, but unfortunately I can't afford them :(


Help?! Thanks in advance people! (Please use simple terms guys :P)

post #6508 of 29490

Hey, I'm looking to buy a new pair of headphones for gaming (fps/rts) and music. Probably 60% gaming 40% music. I don't really mind whether its open or closed, but I would like to keep it around $100~ (preferably lower though). I also would not like to get soft, velvet? cushion ears as they are rather hard to clean. ^_^ 

 

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Originally Posted by ramzes235 View Post

hello a friend of me search a closed headphone to use at home . and he has a xonar stx as soundcard .

he like to listen a bit of everything but he listen most to hip-hop , dubstep , rock . and a bit of elton john, phil collins etc ...

what we be a good headphone under the 300 euro ?

good cans for this

beyerdynamic dt 770 pro

ultrasone 580/dj1

audio technica 5Om

sennheiser hd-25- 2

 

?????

thanx a lot !

I own the Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 80-Ohm and DT-770 Pro 250-Ohm.

The 80-Ohm is loaded with bass, which can adds a great fullness to music, but it is the basshead can.

The 250-Ohm is just really really great, more balanced sound then the 80-Ohm.
 

 

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Originally Posted by adion227 View Post

Hey, I'm looking to buy a new pair of headphones for gaming (fps/rts) and music. Probably 60% gaming 40% music. I don't really mind whether its open or closed, but I would like to keep it around $100~ (preferably lower though). I also would not like to get soft, velvet? cushion ears as they are rather hard to clean. ^_^ 

 


Superlux HD-668B, I bought mine at Audiohipster.

 

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